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Call for Organized Sessions

IROS 2021 will accept Organized Session Proposals.

IROS’ growth has been reflected by the number of parallel sessions covering almost every research domain in robotics. Given this format, it is very likely that an organized session proposal will align with one of the many sessions. Adding sessions must be done with care.

The Organized Session and the paper presentations will be in the same format as in the regular sessions. An Organized Session consists of related papers, which could all address for example a particular theme or consist of work done in some particular international project, or a specific subfield of intelligent robots and systems. The goal of these Organized Sessions is that the proposed authors can meet to discuss the topic and their papers.

IROS 2021 welcome active members or coordinators of ongoing collaborative projects, focused PhD research training groups, special interest groups, or any other organizers to submit their proposals for Organized Sessions.

Proposals must be submitted via Paper Plaza  and the following points addressed:

  • A proposed title for the Organized Session,
  • A brief 2-3 paragraph summary for the Organized Session explaining the goal of the Organized Session and the overarching themes of the submitted papers,
  • A list of papers with title of paper, contributing authors with affiliations, corresponding author with email, and tentative short abstract of the paper, which will not be published in the proceedings.

A Microsoft Word Template is available for preparation of your proposal. Proposals with significant overlap will possibly be merged.

Once an Organized Session is accepted, the papers organized under that session will then be submitted to the Paper Plaza system. Organized Session can include papers submitted as RA-L with IROS 2021 Option and regular (IROS 2021 only) papers. Organizers of accepted Organized Session will receive a CODE for submission of IROS 2021 only papers. IROS 2021 only papers would be submitted as Organized Session Paper. Authors of IROS 2021 only papers will need the CODE provided by the organizers for submission.  Submission deadline of Organized Session Papers reviewed as IROS 2021 only papers is March 1, 2021.

After an OS paper is submitted, the authors of that paper should send the submission ID (whether it is an RA-L with IROS option paper, or IROS only paper) to the OS organizers. Then after the deadline, the OS organizers will send to the Program Chair (R.Babuska@tudelft.nl) the list of submission IDs by March 8, 2021.
These papers will undergo the same strict review process like all other IROS 2021 papers and, if accepted, published in the proceedings.

If the organized session does not have at least 6 papers accepted, then the organized session will not be held, and accepted papers submitted to the organized session would go into other sessions.

It is possible to submit a proposal of organized session with more than 6 papers in case some papers are not accepted. If more than 7 papers are accepted, IROS 2021 would ask organizers to select 6 accepted papers for the organized session and other accepted paper(s) would go into other sessions.

For any enquiries concerning IROS 2021 Organized Sessions, please send email to the Program Chair (R.Babuska@tudelft.nl).


All deadlines are 23:59 PST
February 10, 2021: Deadline for submissions of Organized Sessions proposals
March 1, 2021: Notification of acceptance
September 28 – September 30, 2021: Conference days

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